This will be short and simple.
What godforsaken reason would any leading American politician have for ratcheting up global tensions by an order of magnitude at thus particular very dicey juncture in human history?
No, the PRC isn’t going to shoot her plane down, and it isn’t going to full-on-militarily assault their troublesome, unsubmissive “Prodigal Provence.”
There are many reasons those things won’t happen, but there’s one very salient component of global politics and security, newly introduced by Speaker Pelosi, that will have the capacity to scuttle the hard won position of Leader of the Free World that has only just been reacquired after Trump’s trashing of it.
That component is the newly open-wounded ego of Xi Jinping.
He will do any number of things, short of those mega-catastrophe-inducers listed above (which have the capacity to bring his own teetering system crashing down), but at the top of that shortened list has to be:
The reconfiguring the Chinese relationship to Putin’s war in Ukraine, and doing it with gusto and unto Putin’s salvation.
That’s it. That’s the level of fucked-upness we’re facing. That’s it, that is, along with all the attendant offshoot disasters that can, and will most likely easily accompany it.
Oh, except one more thing: let’s get the fuck rid of the Democratic gerontocracy. The need to hold onto power till you croak isn’t a democratic concept.